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Can't wait to get my R5 some nice new sleeved cables and fans! I currently use the stock Fractal fans, stock Corsair cables and Noctua stuff. Next week replacing cables with the BitFenix CSR cable kit in black and five Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM with Noctua NA-SAVP1 chromax.black pads. Already painted the PCI covers black and bought some cable ties.

They current setup works just fine, but it doesn't feel right...
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Can't wait to get my R5 some nice new sleeved cables and fans! I currently use the stock Fractal fans, stock Corsair cables and Noctua stuff. Next week replacing cables with the BitFenix CSR cable kit in black and five Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM with Noctua NA-SAVP1 chromax.black pads.
I would be EXTREMELY interested to hear your thoughts on the Noctua 140mm vs Fractal 140mm both at 12/7/5v WITHOUT the low noise adapters. Heck, I'd LOVE a video.

Its extremely tough to find comparisons that show decibel levels at equal CFM, which is all that really matters.

Any fan is quiet with those inline resistors...but which ones are quiet AND move air?
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I would be EXTREMELY interested to hear your thoughts on the Noctua 140mm vs Fractal 140mm both at 12/7/5v WITHOUT the low noise adapters. Heck, I'd LOVE a video.

Its extremely tough to find comparisons that show decibel levels at equal CFM, which is all that really matters.

Any fan is quiet with those inline resistors...but which ones are quiet AND move air?

Haven't got a comparison but I can tell you personally that the NH-D14 is silent at full load.
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Haven't got a comparison but I can tell you personally that the NH-D14 is silent at full load.
"Silent" is relative. I want numbers.

I'm too afraid to order 6 fans from newegg only to have to send them all back.
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"Silent" is relative. I want numbers.

I'm too afraid to order 6 fans from newegg only to have to send them all back.

True, but numbers often lie. The only numbers I believe are Noctua's and having bought ant used NF-F12's can tell you, they're silent... seriously.
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True, but numbers often lie. The only numbers I believe are Noctua's and having bought ant used NF-F12's can tell you, they're silent... seriously.
The only true comparison would be to have voltage on a potentiometer, lock in a certain CFM and compare dB's.

I've yet to see a proper fan comparison where there is only one variable.

If you were 3 feet from your tower and you'd get a million dollars if you could say if it was on or off and you couldn't tell...thats silent.

SPCR is good, but its difficult to compare a fast number of products to each other.

I'd love a huge long list with the ability to sort by voltage, CFM or dB's.
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The only true comparison would be to have voltage on a potentiometer, lock in a certain CFM and compare dB's.

I've yet to see a proper fan comparison where there is only one variable.

If you were 3 feet from your tower and you'd get a million dollars if you could say if it was on or off and you couldn't tell...thats silent.

I sit at my desk with my PC arm's length away.... It's silent. You've putting too much thought into this and need to take the risk or not. You can look at comparisons full of variables all day but when it comes to it, your experience will vary.

I have SP120s, fractal design 140s, NF-F12's, Bequiet 140s etc etc etc and I can tell you the best fans I've ever owned are my 3 NF-F12s. the LNA work great with my SP120s, they're quiet now.

Silence is very important to me, this is one of the reasons I'll never air cool again.
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True, but numbers often lie. The only numbers I believe are Noctua's and having bought ant used NF-F12's can tell you, they're silent... seriously.

Interesting.. Totally agree on the numbers as the tonality & vibration usually gives a very different impression from the measured dBA. And then often the sound level is not measured being on a rad or with some realistic resistance. But you can't trust any manufacturer's claim on CFM or dBA.

These type of graphs do help a lot (from thermalbench): CFM vs Noise


On the topic of Noctua,I haven't heard a good sounding Noctua yet. Tried 3 120mm's from them.. and it left me wondering why people rave about them.
     
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Interesting.. Totally agree on the numbers as the tonality & vibration usually gives a very different impression from the measured dBA. And then often the sound level is not measured being on a rad or with some realistic resistance. But you can't trust any manufacturer's claim on CFM or dBA.

These type of graphs do help a lot (from thermalbench): CFM vs Noise


On the topic of Noctua,I haven't heard a good sounding Noctua yet. Tried 3 120mm's from them.. and it left me wondering why people rave about them.

Because you actually get the quality you're paying for in all honesty. If I could kit out all my rigs with NF-F12's I would. I've had one issue with one of my fans now liking being horizontal between the other 2, but again I could send it back and get a fresh one with no issues. I don't use the fans in this orientation anyway.
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I don't really have a way of testing noise levels but i can tell you that the Fractal stock (100% over build in fan controller) are a little bit quieter than my NF-A14 PWM 1500rpm (100% over fan xpert 3) with the door closed. The NF-A15 currently installed on the NH-D15 are by far louder than either Fractal fans or the NF-A14 if run at 100%. I don't use any kind of LNA on the fans, only the rubber pads on the CPU fans. Fun fact: even my classfield cooler at 100% is quieter than my old gaming notebook in idle. lachen.gif

Fan positions:

Front intake: 1x Fractal stock, 1x NF-A14 1500rpm (no rubber pads)
Back exhaust: 1x Fractal stock
CPU Cooler: 2x NF-A15

I can give you a feedback how the industrial ones sound compared to the Fractal, but that's all i can deliver.
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